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fend

fend

 
pronunciation:
fend
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: fended, fending, fends
definition: to repel; ward off (often fol. by off).
Her thick coat fended off the cold.
similar words:
ward
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to try to provide for one's needs (usu. fol. by for).
He had to fend for himself and his five children.
definition 2: to provide defense; resist.
She had to fend against widespread criticism.
similar words:
defend, protect
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